(This content originally appeared in the June 2020 issue of Military Officer, a magazine available to all MOAA Premium and Life members. Learn more about the magazine here; learn more about joining MOAA here.)
By Latayne Scott
For three years straight, Forbes has rated North Carolina as the best state for business, largely due to the sixth-lowest labor costs in the country. Its national reputation also rests on its 53 colleges and universities that include research giants such as Duke University and the University of North Carolina (UNC) at Chapel Hill.
North Carolina has the fourth-largest active-duty military population in the U.S., and medical-destination Asheville boasts the five-star Charles George VA Medical Center. Asheville is also home to the world-famous Biltmore Estate, the largest privately owned house (178,926 square feet) in the U.S., which is iconic in its opulence. The area also has museums, dining destinations, and award-winning breweries.
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For spectators, North Carolina pro-sports teams include the Charlotte Hornets (basketball), the Carolina Panthers (football), the Carolina Hurricanes (hockey), and the famous minor league baseball Durham Bulls. College team rivalry heats up between Duke and UNC Chapel Hill in basketball, and North Carolina State University/UNC Chapel Hill in football.
But don’t sit still! The climate and abundant sunshine keep people outdoors year-round.
Visit the Alamance and Bentonville Civil War battlefields, then tour the battleship USS North Carolina (BB-55). In the winter, you can ski and snowboard at six ski resorts, and in summertime, you can enjoy 300 miles of coastline with beautiful beaches.
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Along the Crystal Coast area, known as “the wreck diver’s dream,” even novice divers can explore over 2,000 vessels in their final resting places.
North Carolina is also home to the Great Smoky Mountains and the kind of eye-popping beauty that garnered the Blue Ridge Mountains a ranking by U.S. News & World Report as one of the 50 most beautiful places in the world. U.S. News also rates North Carolina cities Winston-Salem and Asheville in the top 10 places in the U.S. to retire in 2020.
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